Is it time we did away with petting zoos?

This month Higgledy Piggeldy Farmyard issued an impromptu notice on Imhoff Farm’s website, saying: “After consultation with Imhoff Farm management we have decided to remove all petting access to the animals. No further picking-up or handling of animals will be allowed, under any circumstances for any child supervised or not.”

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10 Things Star Wars can teach your kids

Today is International Star Wars Day (4th May)… ‘May the 4th be with you’ – get it? If you don’t, you’re clearly not a Star Wars fan. As a Star Wars geek and parent I thought I’d investigate the things this infamous series could teach your offspring. There’s lots of things it could teach them, but I’ve kept it to a compact ten. So here goes:

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Moms with depression: don’t be afraid to speak up

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and I want to dedicate this post to depression because all too often it doesn’t get dealt with early enough. Least of all in my home country, South Africa.

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Family outing at Bugz Playpark

Outdoor theme parks aimed at families sometimes worry me as I stress about their cleanliness, their maintenance, the crowds and losing my children in them as well as the difficulty in finding the venue.

However, when it comes to Bugz Playpark* based out in Kraaifontein in Cape Town, I needn’t have worried. Unlike some venues I’ve attended the staff at the playpark ensure that the place is neat and tidy. Either that or they secretly programme attendants to clean up after themselves as they enter through their gates, however, I’d imagine it’s all down to the efficiency of the staff.

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End of the road for Babaderm in South Africa?

Yesterday (29 March, 2017) well-known baby products provider, Babaderm, issued a post on its Facebook page that it’s closing down its business. There was no mention of the closure on its Twitter feeds. The business, which was founded in August 2011, will have all its remaining stock sold on Takealot.com.

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A family day out at Leopard’s Leap wine farm

I love Franschhoek and all it has to offer: wine farms, views, delicious cuisine and a place to relax with family and friends. So when we were invited to review Leopards Leap wine farm I took the opportunity to venture out with my family.
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10 Violent nursery rhymes and their equally violent background stories

Every night, like many other parents out there, I read my son nursery rhymes. Some of them I am familiar with, while others I have faint memories of. But one thing that struck me is how violent most of them are.
What you may or may not know is that some of these nursery rhymes have some equally violent origins, some of which I list here.

Moms: Let’s encourage rather than scare each other

This week a pregnant mom with a child in tow, lamented on a parent group on Facebook that instead of an encouraging word, hug or smile, women tend to tell her how busy she’ll be, how it’s going to be so difficult, how her son will suffer because he won’t get her undivided attention and how expensive two kids are, etc.

This got me thinking about why we tend to put the fear of God into parents-to-be, especially when they decide to have more than one.

Comparing the cost of kids’ electric toothbrushes

A recent trip to the dentist for my three year old, Hayden, came back with a recommendation to buy an electric toothbrush. Keen on following doctor’s orders I went to the local pharmacy. The Oral B Kids Mickey Mouse electric toothbrush seemed like a funky and friendly enough option. It was the only option there.

But it was the price that made me quickly stack it back on the shelf. It was at an eye watering price of R645.95 ($47.96). The visit to the dentist was an unexpected one as was the price of this simple gadget, so I gingerly put the item back, smiled at the assistant who showed me where it was and scurried out of there like a fox that had been caught in the henhouse. I vowed to do a comparison though to see if I could get it for cheaper electric toothbrush elsewhere and I thought I’d share my online exercise right here.